When the Water Rises: Paintings by Julie Heffernan
March 11 – September 2017
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments safeguarding bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s rendering evokes the fantastical allegory of Bosch and the sublime of Cole and Bierstadt.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design and LSU Museum of Art.
Contemporary Masters: Works on Paper from the Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas organized by the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
April 7 – July 9, 2017
Comprised of the works on paper holdings of the Art Museum of South Texas, Contemporary Masters, brings together work by artists of regional, national, and international importance, with a particular focus on Texas artists. This exhibition, as the title implies, offer works by a number of icons in the art world including Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Judy Chicago, Dale Chihuly, Salvador Dali, Paul Jenkins, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, among others. Stylistically, works range from minimalism to realism, pop to op, narrative to symbolism. Techniques represented in the exhibition include drawings in pastel, ink, pencil, crayon, colored pencil, and charcoal; printmaking in the form of serigraphy, lithography, etching, and monoprint; as well as the use of collage and renderings in liquid media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. These works on paper are significant works in their own right, but many also offer insight into the value of graphic arts and drawings as preparation for execution of works in other media such as sculpture. Often artists better known for work in other media expanded their oeuvre by working alongside master printers at printmaking studios across the United States such as Tamarind, Brandywine, Gemini, Graphicstudio, Pace, Landfall, and Blackburn.
Exploring Photography: Works from the Permanent Collection
April 7 – July 9, 2017
Exploring Photography highlights over 40 works from the collection of the LSU Museum of Art by photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater and Louisiana’s own Clarence John Laughlin, Richard Sexton, Debbie Fleming Caffery, and Thomas Neff. The exhibition reflects the photographic holdings of the Museum, which have doubled in the past year, and celebrates the range of photography’s possibilities. These new acquisitions enrich and broaden the focus of the collection in terms of subject matter, medium, and chronology.
Themes/subjects found elsewhere in our collections are paralleled in Exploring Photography. Portraits range from the powerful studio images of the famous by Yousuf Karsh to the marginalized subjects of Diane Arbus to the constructed double images by Nancy Webber and Bonnie Schiffman. Landscapes presented are as different in style and tone as a megalith by Paul Caponigro, constructed digital images of a scene from a porch by Robert Fichter, the black-and-white and color images of Robert von Sternberg, or the surreal dream-spaces of Jerry Uelsmann and the abstracted image of the land by Barry Anderson or Henry Gilpin.
Works in the Museum’s collection from the early1900s are joined with works as recent as 2012. Mediums as varied as traditional gelatin silver prints, archival digital prints, scanograms and xeroradiography, ultrachrome color images, and gum pigment and cyanotype and solvent transfer photo-based images are represented.
Exploring Photography celebrates the power of photography. The variety represented in the Museum’s photography holdings expands our ability to share the importance of photographic image making and makers.